George III Antique Second Course Plate


Stock: 9983

Date: 1763

Maker: Peter Archambo

Country: England

A fine antique silver plate of plain design with traditional shaped gadroon borders. This large size is generally referred to...

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A fine antique silver plate of plain design with traditional shaped gadroon borders. This large size is generally referred to as a second course dish. Excellent quality and weight. Hand engraved to the edge with a large coat of arms with crown and motto “Perdeum Etferrum Obtinui” for the Earl of Hillsborough.

Weight 806 grams, 25.9 troy ounces.
Diameter 29.4cm.
London 1763.
Maker Peter Archambo II (apprenticed to the illustrious Paul de Lamerie) & Peter Meure.
Sterling silver.

A perfect match with #9982 Plate. By a different maker but obviously from the same expansive dinner service.

Marks. Stamped to the underside with a full set of clear English silver hallmarks. The plates is numbered 34 and will have come from a large solid silver dinner service. The scratchweight is incised below the plate number.

Arms. The armorial commemorates the marriage of Wills Hill, 1st Earl of Hillsborough (1718-1793) and his 1st wife Lady Margheretta Fitzgerald (1729-1766) on 1st March 1747. The Latin motto “Per Deum Et Ferrum Obtinui” translates as  “Through God and my sword I have obtained”. Full genealogy report can be see among the images.

Literature. Dinner plates were usually made in dozens and larger quantities and often came as part of a suite of dishes including soup plates, oval serving plates and mazerines. These dishes very often came from grand houses and have finely executed coats of arms.


In very good condition. The engraving is sharp and clear. The central surface show some light scratching commensurate with age and use.

Maker Information

Maker: Peter Archambo

Son of a Huguenot (Archambaud), Peter Archambo was apprenticed to Huguenot maker Jacob Margas 1710, free of the Butchers Company 1720. First mark (Britannia) entered as largeworker 1721. Second mark (Sterling) 1722. 3rd mark 1739. Peter married Elizabeth Trube in 1722-23, his son Peter II was born in 1724. Died c.1767. Archambo is considered an important maker of the period and worked extensively for George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington. His works include a remarkable wine urn 1728, a wine cistern 1729, and much dinner plate, salvers, sauceboats and baskets. Archambo is credited (alongside other distinguished compatriots) with helping to introduce the rococo style into England. His work is described as French in influence. Archambo’s son Peter Archambo II, apprenticed to Paul de Lamerie 1738, turned over to his father same day, free 1747. Mark entered in partnership with his cousin Peter Meure as largeworkers 1750. Died 1768.

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